Synopsis: Silent Night, Deadly Night is the heartwarming story of little Billy Chapman who was traumatized by his parents’ Christmas Eve murder, then brutalized by sadistic orphanage nuns. But when grown-up Billy is to dress as jolly St. Nick, he goes on a yuletide rampage to “punish the naughty!” Santa Claus is coming to town … and this time he’s got an axe! Robert Brian Wilson and Scream Queen Linnea Quigley star in this jaw-dropping horror classic that a nation of angry mothers still cannot stop! -ShoutFactory.com
Even if you’ve never seen it, chances are you’ve heard the name Silent Night, Deadly Night. For many, it is a yearly ritual to view this film one or more times during the month of December. It was once a controversial film, protested and labeled naughty, but that only strengthened its cult presence. Silent Night, Deadly Night has existed on home video in many forms. VHS, of course, of which I used to own the “Big Box” release, of course on DVD, and previously on a relatively sub-par Blu-ray from Anchor Bay.
Silent Night, Deadly Night might be over-the-top, but it’s a lot better than it could be, and probably at the top-tier as far as Christmas Slashers are concerned. Yeah, the sequels went full cornball, but the original still had a semblance of grounding, at least compared to the second film and beyond. The story, in spite of the film being a little bonkers, is dark. A boy witnesses the brutal murder of his parents on Christmas Eve, winds up in an orphanage run by nuns, and is taught that every naughty deed requires punishment, and one day snaps, dishing out punishment himself. Yeah, it’s a slasher, and yeah, it’s wacky, but it’s also disturbing in a sense, and definitely hangs with you. I revisit it every year, as I’m sure most of you do as well. There are several notable Christmas slasher movies out there, but Silent Night, Deadly Night as well as Black Christmas are my two go-to choices every year.
Scream Factory’s Collector’s Edition Blu-ray is just phenomenal, especially as compared to the previous Blu-ray. It features a brand new 4K scan of both the theatrical cut, and the uncut version with HD inserts used for the cut footage. The transfers are presented as AVC-encoded 1080p in 1.85:1, and features a mono track in DTS-HD MA 2.0. The two discs are also accompanied by a swath of extras, a new retrospective documentary, a filming location featurette, and a brand new commentary. The complete listing of extras can be found below. I was really blown away with the transfers. The previous Blu-ray was barely an upgrade from the DVD, and Scream Factory’s is almost crystal in clarity. The grain structure is not only present now, but quite healthy, and yes, some print damage is visible throughout. This is as close as you can get to viewing Silent Night, Deadly Night in 35mm, without actually seeing it in a theater on such.
To purchase a copy of your own, visit Shout Factory’s website.
DISC ONE: Theatrical Version
- NEW 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative
- R-Rated Theatrical Trailer & VHS Trailer
- TV Spots
- Radio Spot
DISC TWO: Extended Unrated Version
- NEW 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative With Standard Definition Inserts
- NEW Slay Bells Ring: The Story Of Silent Night, Deadly Night – Featuring Interviews With Writer Michael Hickey, Co-Executive Producers Scott J. Schneid And Dennis Whitehead, Editor/Second Unit Director Michael Spence, Composer Perry Botkin, And Actor Robert Brian Wilson
- NEW Oh Deer! – An Interview With Linnea Quigley
- NEW Christmas In July – Silent Night, Deadly Night Locations – Then And Now
- NEW Audio Commentary With Actor Robert Brian Wilson And Co-Executive Producer Scott J. Schneid
- Audio Commentary With Michael Hickey, Perry Boykin, Scott J. Schneid, and Michael Spence
- Audio Interview With Director Charles E. Sellier, Jr. From Deadpit Radio (Extended Version)
- Santa’s Stocking Of Outrage
- Poster And Still Gallery